Owner, Monster Cycle + Studio
In this 20to30 interview, get an inside look at a Monster Cycle class as MacNeal talks about the evolution of the studio, his Lady Gaga inspiration, and the psyche of stationary cycling.
Michael MacNeal came to fitness through modeling and acting in NYC. While working as a runway model on Project Runway, a perk included an Equinox membership. There, his interest in indoor cycling grew. Starting as an instructor at Equinox, MacNeal was inspired to change up the typical structure of the spin room after he noticed students zoning out in class. Thus, the “Monster Cycle” was born–an hour long class showcasing Lady Gaga videos using just a little projector attached to his iPhone.
Fast-forward years later, and the Monster Cycle + Studio has moved on to include videos and music from massive pop, hip hop, and rap favorites. According to their website, The Monster Cycle is: An indoor visual cycling class located in our pitch black BASSment. The only light coming form two large TV screens surrounding your instructor. Every ride is a multimedia experience set to the beat of the latest music videos.